Developing Great Writing Part III – Contrasting Characters

This is the third in a series of blogs on using sentences to develop great writing. My previous two posts looked at sentences that contrast ideas and sentences that link details in a text to relevant contextual information outside of it. This post returns to sentences that contrast, but the focus shifts from contrasting ideasContinue reading “Developing Great Writing Part III – Contrasting Characters”

Developing Great Writing Pt.1 – Contrasting Ideas

Over the past few years I’ve developed a number of academic sentence structures to use with my students in an effort to improve their writing. I started with generic structures – I had supporting whole school writing in mind – but more recently I’ve developed more subject-specific sentences. The main focus of my work onContinue reading “Developing Great Writing Pt.1 – Contrasting Ideas”

Room for improvement, or what I’m working on this year

I’d like to think I am a better teacher than I was say 10 or even 5 years ago. I’d like to think that every year I continue to improve. I’m sure that’s not always the case, and that some years I stagnate. I’m ok with that if my overall trajectory is up, which IContinue reading “Room for improvement, or what I’m working on this year”

Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing

  Me and Mr Benn I was born in 1975, and the cult children’s animation Mr Benn was part of my childhood. I must have watched re-runs, since the only series made (which consisted of a paltry 13 episodes) was first aired in 1971. For the uninitiated, Mr Benn employed a recurring plot sequence. TheContinue reading “Mr Benn and the Anatomy of Extended Writing”